Lessons from Canada

Here’s an interesting article about short stories that provides insight about more than just the influence of Canadian writers on a North American magazine.

How Canadian Writers Changed The New Yorker | National Post.
http://news.nationalpost.com/how-canadian-writers-changed-the-new-yorker

Open stats

While I like the idea of another online home for short fiction (another is The Write City Magazine), I don’t think I like having the analytics out there for the world to see. How about you?

The new platform luring readers into short fiction | Books | The Guardian.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/31/self-publishing-online-comma-press-macguffin-readers-analytics

Small packages

I’ve said it before. I love science fiction. And, much as I love scifi novels, I think I love short stories more. I used to buy every short story collection as soon as it came out in paperback. If you don’t think you like or could learn anything from scifi, this collection might convince you otherwise.

18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels
http://io9.com/18-perfect-short-stories-that-pack-more-of-a-punch-than-1692442650

Set a shorter target

First let me say that going to conferences is great because the panels and conversations really get your mind moving. I love those “light bulb” moments. (And I’ll probably be full of post-conference enthusiasm for at least another week.)
Among the things we talked about in a great panel on ebook publishing was using short stories to help build an audience, to introduce characters, and to keep readers interested between novels. The last reason is also on this list of 10 reasons to write short stories.

Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories Even Though the Pay is Peanuts – SFWA
http://www.sfwa.org/2015/02/ten-reasons-write-short-stories-even-though-pay-peanuts/